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About the MES Certification Program

Designed for a broad audience that includes shippers, carriers, freight forwarders, bankers, government employees, insurance professionals and students alike, this certificate program introduces an even higher level of excellence to the NEI's outstanding continuing education program with the addition of its newest credential; a 60-hour online export certification program entitled the Master Export Specialist (MES).

The MES program is the result of more than a year of development that was undertaken in conjunction with the Los Angeles based supply chain training firm, Trade Facilitators, Inc. Fully narrated with multiple animation features, this on-demand, 10-Module course takes a hands-on approach to all facets of exporting from the United States. Students must complete a final exam and scholarly essay to earn the MES designation.

Encompassing 60 hours, this online certification program includes Real-World Scenarios, Industry Vertical Examples, Export Perspectives, and Trade Tips.


The course is broken down into 10 major parts:

  • An Integrated Approach to Exporting from the U.S
  • International Sales Contracts
  • Mitigation Guidelines
  • Export Compliance
  • The Logistics of Air Exports
  • The Logistics of Ocean Exports
  • USMCA Exports
  • Export Documentation
  • Electronic Export Information
  • International Payment Terms
  • U.S. Free Trade Agreements


  • $950 for members
  • $1450 for non-members

NEI Professional Membership

If you are employed by an NCBFAA member company, you will receive the member pricing for this course. If you are not employed by an NCBFAA member company, you may still sign up for our individual Professional Membership in order to receive member pricing on our educational offerings.


Ready to Enroll?

Before submitting an application, please review the MES prerequisites.

If you are a Current or Returning Student 

You must have an NCBFAA Login ID and password to use NEI's online resources. Forgot or need help setting up your password? Please email Using your NCBFAA credentials, please sign in here and search the catalog for the course you are interested in. Lastly, to process international payments please contact

If you are a NEW Student 

Please send an email with the name, contact information, course you are interested in to

Master Export Specialist (MES) Prerequisites

The Master Export Specialist Certification to be offered through the NCBFAA Educational Institute (NEI) will provide members of the community with advanced training and the opportunity to become certified with a master's-level designation in the practice of Export Regulations. This program is intended to recognize individuals with a heightened level of expertise beyond a journeyman level in the disciplines required for practical Export operations. If compared to an academic degree, it would be analogous to the penultimate achievement of a master's level of proficiency. The MES will be highly visible throughout the industry and will provide the model for the vertical and lateral extension of the existing body of NEI certification programs.

Please note the following prerequisites are guidelines for enrollment only, and not required. It is our belief that potential students are best able to gauge their fitness for this certification program.

The NEI's Certified Customs Specialist (CES) designation is not a prerequisite for the MES Course.

 CES DesigneeExport Industry Experience (Non-CES)
Work ExperienceCurrently working in trade industrySeasoned Export Professional Min. 6 years' experience
Career MilestonesResume/CV demonstrating industry experienceResume/CV demonstrating industry involvement
Formal Education4-year degree or 4-year equivalent industry experience4-year degree or 6-years equivalent industry experience
Employer SupportOptional letter of support from employer/managerOptional letter of support from employer/manager



To be Awarded the MES Designation, Learners Must:

  • Review all modules & pass all module quizzes
  • Complete and pass a comprehensive final exam
  • Submit a scholarly essay and receive a passing grade from NEI experts

Academic Performance:

  • 80% on all module quizzes
  • 80% on Final Exam


Satisfactory production of college-level writing in the form of a persuasive essay.

Scholarly Essay

The final step in earning your MES designation is the scholarly essay. 

Completion of a Persuasive Essay on an NEI-Approved Topic

  • Must propose an argument surrounding your topic
  • Clarify and support your argument through relevant facts and research
  • Demonstrate sufficient knowledge on the subject

Average Essay to be 1500-3000 Words

  • Minimum of 1500 words
  • User APA Guidelines for both in-text and end of essay citations

Graded Pass or Fail

  • Graded by an NEI-selected expert/group of experts
  • Learners may resubmit their essay per expert feedback if a failing grade is received